Cambridge mother's thanks to 'amazing' life-savers

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“Thank you for being part of my life story. You are amazing.”

Cambridge staff have met a former patient in an emotional reunion this week after she collapsed and went into cardiac arrest two months ago.

Mother-of-six Helen Abduldayem remembers nothing of the incident just before 4.30am on 29th April and wanted to thank the staff involved.

Thanks to immediate and effective CPR from her son Danny under instruction from Call Handler Alexander Watts, the quick arrival of Nikki Spolton, Frances Sewell, Rachel Harris, Diane Moss, and Ellie Rizzo, who is a student paramedic at Anglia Ruskin University,and two shocks from a defibrillator, Helen was resuscitated.

A critical care team from Magpas Air Ambulance also attended and placed her in an induced coma and firefighters from Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service used a MIBS stretcher to get her out of her home in Orchard Park.

After having two stents fitted to repair her arteries, Helen walked out of Papworth Hospital nine days after her cardiac arrest.

On Monday (3rd July) she was reunited with some of the team.

Helen said: “As I could not remember anything I felt I had to meet you and I did not fully realise what happened to me. Seeing you all here has brought me to tears. You are really amazing and I am really grateful. It is like it happened to someone else. All I suffered from was the pain of broken ribs. I am very, very lucky. It was a horrific night that could have turned out much worse.”

Duty Locality Officer Rachel Harris said of the meet up; “Meeting Helen was a pleasure for us all; this is exactly what we work so hard to achieve and when we can meet our patient following a successful out of hospital cardiac arrest, it makes it all worthwhile. There was a great team dynamic with the five Trust staff and we were assisted by Magpas and Cambs Fire for their additional expertise.”

She went on to praise Helen’s son Danny for his superb CPR & says that without a doubt, he was part of the chain of survival. “This is a really proud moment for us all and one we don’t get to see very often. I would encourage survivors to meet the crews who helped save their lives – it gives the Ambulance crews a real sense of achievement. We’d also encourage the public to learn how to do CPR; saving a life is an amazing feeling.”

Published 11th July, 2017


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